I’m hooking up with Five Minute Friday today. Where everyone writes for five, unedited minutes all on the same prompt (word). Today’s word is writer.
God gives each of us our own set of unique gifts. When we use our gifts for God’s glory our spirits come alive and we impact the world for Christ. 1 Corinthians 12:7-11 A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advise; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge. The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing. He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have. I believe one of the gifts the Lord has given me to use is writing. Words give me a voice in which I am able to encourage others, spread God’s word, and to alert the world of our brothers and sisters who are in need of our assistance. Stringing words together effects my soul and brings joy in the creating. I feel as if I’m doing what I was created to do when I’m pecking out words on my computer. When I truly begin to believe that writing is a gift that God wants me to use as a way to advance His kingdom I begin to doubt. I hear words quietly whispered into my ear like, “Your being prideful, do you really think your words make a difference, your not that smart, and you’ll make a mistake and the whole world will see it and then they’ll laugh–make fun of you.” But then I remember this is a battle, a spiritual battle, not against flesh and blood. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual wickedness in heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12. I know the serpent is crafty and plants doubts in our minds as a means to deter us from God’s desire. But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. Genesis 3:4. Then I tell myself I must not listen to the voice of doubt.
I begin reading other peoples beautifully written blogs and I slip into the comparison game as quickly as one slides into silk sheets. I begin to doubt, once again. Ann Voskamp says, “Measuring sticks always become swords–measuring sticks always become weapons.”
I remind myself once again, I only have to obey–end of story, period. God can use my obedience as He sees fix, my job is only to obey.